It’s that time of year again. You clean off the table on your deck, go in the house to get food and by the time you return, the table is covered in yellow. Pollen.
And so the bi-annual misery begins for those people affected by seasonal allergies. At the time I’m writing this, folks in Texas and Oklahoma are suffering the most. The pollen count here in Virginia is currently “medium-high.” To see the forecast for your zip code, visit pollen.com.
You can try antihistamines, you can get allergy shots, you can stay inside in air conditioning 24/7. You can also try adding more folate to your diet.
Folate, also known as vitamin B9, helps your brain, nervous system and metabolism. Folate is naturally occurring; folic acid is synthetic folate. Folate may also, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins, lessen the severity of allergy symptoms.
Foods high in folate include black-eyed peas, lentils, raw spinach, cooked asparagus and broccoli, romaine lettuce, avocados, mangoes and oranges. Although doctors are not yet recommending that folic acid supplements be used to treat allergies, adding some of these foods containing folate to your diet couldn’t hurt.
Here are a few recipes featuring black-eyed peas, lentils and raw spinach for you to try. I’d love to hear if you see any impact on your allergy symptoms.